The Bride and the Wounds − "columba mea in foraminibus petrae" (Ct. 2.14)
Karel Appel, 'Femmes, enfants, animaux,' 1951: oil on jute, 170 x 280 cm © Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst Amstelveen


Song of Songs
Passion Piety

How to Cite

Trînca, B. (2018). The Bride and the Wounds − "columba mea in foraminibus petrae" (Ct. 2.14). Interfaces: A Journal of Medieval European Literatures, (5), 16–30.
Received 2018-01-30
Accepted 2019-01-28
Published 2018-12-29


The dove – as a term of endearment from the Song of Songs – constitutes a subtle recurring sign throughout a medieval mystical tradition that links it to Christ's wounds and therefore to human anatomy, as well as to the poetic traditions of courtly love.

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